Todd Drootin from California, also known as Books on Tape, has a plethora of releases on so many labels (and netlabels) and runs such cool projects (he's b0ss of the Subverseco netlabel as well) that we actually had no few troubles in drawing a somewhat evolutionistic line of his work; one thing we are sure of: he's certainly one of the greatest working minds under the ground of the underground electronics nowadays. His music is savagely cyber-piratesque, holding at times a particular hard-exotic touch that renders a very unique (and maybe evil) scene. Riff-loops and obscure acidity, noise-rock sampling and sometimes danceable rioting melodies make Todd's work a new, unique and well-defined musical experience for the intelligent headnodders.
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November 1, 2004
Boban Ristevski / Vital Weekly
Books On Tape develops his ideas better and certainly in a more
amusing way, especially if beat-punk is your thing. I think Todd
Drootin is not using computer or laptop to make music, that's why the
title of his first album released by Deathbomb Arc is Throw Down Your
Laptops. The music is made with sampler, sequencer, drum machines,
keyboards... It's trashy and noisy, ok, not too noisy or too harsh.
It's in many forms of nice unconventional songs worth to be
discovered and consumed.
December 26, 2003
Great fun Stuff!
These pieces blew me away. Fast, very rhythmic upbeat, really mechanical sounding. Lots of strange sampling, but really accessible; your grandmother could probably find this stuff nice to listen to. I'm jamming to this stuff while working on a literary essay; it really concentrates the mind!